Sports briefs: Cycling to introduce equal prizes for men, women

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Cycling • Cycling's governing body is introducing equal prize money for men and women at most world championship events. The decision takes effect in January, with the International Cycling Union ruling that "no distinction should be made between the achievements of men and women."

Douglas wins AP athlete award

gymnastics • Gabby Douglas, the teenager who became the first African-American gymnast to claim gymnastics' biggest prize — the all-around Olympic title — has a new honor. She is The Associated Press' 2012 female athlete of the year, edging out swimmer Missy Franklin in a vote by U.S. editors and news directors.

Nadal wary about knee recovery

Tennis • Rafael Nadal is wary about his return to tennis after a seven-month layoff and believes it may be some time before his injured knee is fully healed.

Nadal told Canal Plus television Friday he's "prepared to accept" that his knee "may not respond well at the beginning."

From wire reports